Possible Worlds
Lowe (E.J.)
Source: Lowe - A Survey of Metaphysics, Chapter 7
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Author’s Abstract1

  1. In Chapter 7, I discuss the ways in which so-called possible worlds have been invoked to interpret modal2 statements and raise some questions concerning the ontological status of possible worlds and their inhabitants.
  2. I also discuss the so-called problem of transworld identity and examine some arguments for and against the doctrine of actualism, that is, the view that only actual entities, not merely possible ones, exist.

  1. The language of possible worlds – 115
  2. Modal logics3 and their interpretation – 116
  3. Accessibility relations and essentialist theses – 119
  4. How should we understand talk of possible worlds? – 120
  5. A deflationary view – 121
  6. Transworld identity again – 123
  7. Another deflationary view – 124
  8. Modal4 fictionalism5 – 126
  9. Realist theories of possible worlds – 128
  10. Robust realism and the indexical conception of actuality – 129
  11. Moderate realism and actualism versus possibilism – 131

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Footnote 1: Taken from "Lowe (E.J.) - Introduction: The Nature of Metaphysics".

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